My New Laminate Floors - The Final Reveal

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Thank you for joining me for this fourth and final installment of my series on installing laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  I am literally bursting at the seams with excitement to share the final reveal with you all today!  

If you missed any of my previous posts, you can find my first post on why I chose to install laminate flooring here, my second post on choosing the style and color of my laminate here, and my previous post on the installation process here.

The gorgeous laminate that I chose from Quick-Step flooring  has entirely changed the feel of my main floor and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.  But before I share the AFTER photos with you, I want to share the BEFORE photo with you one last time.


You can see that the dark carpet really didn't do anything for the space.  I tried to lighten it up with an area rug, but it was still very dominant.  It also was not very functional in our main living area. The amount of traffic that we get through the main floor is crazy, and the carpet wasn't ideal.  The laminate solved both of those problems.

Now for the AFTER photos...there are a lot of them and I'm just going to let them do the talking...Enjoy!


A Pink, White, and Gold Valentine's Room Tour

Hello Lovelies!

Today I'm excited to be joining with several other bloggers as a part of the Valentine's Day
Room Tour being hosted by my friend Stacy Risenmay.

I just love Valentine's Day.  And I love adding touches of the holiday to my home.  This year, I focused on pink and gold - inspired by this pretty gold leaf wooden bowl that I found while Christmas shopping this past holiday season.

I added a couple of love notes to the bowl...and some pretty pink grocery store flowers in a hobnail vase.


Thin For You Thursday - A Little Weight Loss Hack

Hello Lovelies!

It's been a while since I shared a Thin For You Thursday post.

I'm pretty excited about this one because it's a fun little weight loss hack that I learned from my adorable younger sister, Holly!

Here's a before and after  photo of Holly and me.  The first was taken two summers ago, almost a year before we started to lose weight.  When we actually started our weight loss journey we were both a bit heavier than we were in that  photo, but it gives at least a little perspective on where we've come in our journey.  The second photo was taken just before Christmas when she was here visiting with her family.  We've both lost over 20 pounds since starting our respective weight loss journeys.


My Word of The Year 2017

Hello Lovelies!

Welcome to a new year!  I can't believe it's 


I just love the beginning of a new year and the clean slate that comes along with it.  I'm a goal setter by nature.  I love to have things that I am working on, and as part of my goal setting for the past several years, I have chosen a word of the year.

I don't take choosing a word of the year lightly.  It is something that I think long and hard about.  I ponder on it.  I try and find a word that really encompasses my goals for the year.
And this year, I have the perfect word for where I am in my life...

With my weight loss journey this last year, the power of being devoted to something really hit me, and I decided that I want to bring that same level of devotion to all the areas of my life in which I want to improve.

Making changes and making progress is hard work.  Nothing will change unless you work to change it.  

And so this year, I am going to be wholeheartedly devoted to the goals I am  striving to achieve.

How about you?  Do you have a word of the year?

Check out my previous Word of The Year posts...

Wendy Hyde



My New Laminate Floors - Part III - The Installation Process

This post is sponsored by Quick-Step.  I received Quick-Step flooring and accessories free of charge to facilitate my review.

Welcome to the third installment of my series on installing Quick-Step laminate flooring in Hydeaway Cottage.  If you've missed either of my first two posts, you can catch up on my reasons for choosing laminate here, and the process of picking my laminate finish and color here.  And today, I'm excited to share a bit about the actual process of installing the floors. 

I have some good friends with some construction experience who were willing to help me with the demo and installation.   On the first day, we started by ripping up the carpet and pulling out the small tile entry just inside the front door to reveal the plywood subfloor.


After cleaning up the mess, day 2 was spent on installation.  For those who are not familiar with the process of installing laminate flooring, let me give you a (very) basic rundown.  First, an underlayment is put down which provides a cushion between the subfloor and the laminate.  Laminate floors “float” which means that they are not fixed down to the subfloor like hardwood or tile.   Rather they interlock by clicking together.  As a result, many times laminate floors have quarter round molding installed around the edges of a room to hide the small gap between the walls and the floors so that they can expand and contract. 


A Barn Door for my Master Bath

This post is sponsored by National Hardware.

Okay, so I know that it is really popular in newer homes to have the master bath open to the master bedroom.  What I don't understand is "WHY?"  I don't know about you, but honestly, I prefer to have a bathroom to which I can shut the door.

Ever since I moved into Hydeaway Cottage, the fact that I have an open master bath door has plagued me.  Not only that, but the opening to my master bath is an arch, so it's not like I could just run to the hardware store and buy a door to put there.

After I gave the idea some thought, I decided that a barn door would be the perfect solution.  I could custom make a door that would fit the tall arched opening, and the barn door hardware would make it so that the door could be rectangle and slide right over the opening.  Brilliant!

I kept my eye out for some barn door hardware.  But I was having a hard time because the wall with the door is not very long - only about 58".  Luckily, I was approached by National Hardware to see if I would like to try out their barn door hardware.  The shortest length they had was 72", so before I could agree, I needed to be sure that cutting down the hardware would not interfere with its functionality.